Is peer support worth it?

“I have been part of very effective peer support programmes and enjoyed my peer support role.  In this programme [different organisation] it’s not working. We have too much inter-ethnic tension in my office and the programme feels like a token add-on” Aid worker

Is peer support worth it? My answer is….it depends.  I’ve seen peer support be a life-line to staff, and I’ve seen peer support programmes flop.  In this blog, I’ll highlight some of the opportunities as well as pitfalls of peer support in the development and humanitarian sector.

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